Valuing Community Colleges in the U.S.

Valuing Community Colleges in the U.S.

September 1, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Well, it’s obvious if you look at
the number of – – the sheer size of the community college segment in the United States. It’s pretty clear that community colleges are the core, the centerpiece of the US
higher education system. And as such, I think they deserve real
focus on improving the experience of students
in these community colleges. Dropout rates are way too high,
unacceptably high. And I believe that with the appropriate
use of technology and the appropriate focus on the user student experience, we can actually
materially affect those dropout rates. No, I don’t think it’s going to solve the problem, I think there are a
lot of initiatives that are working together and
hopefully increasingly working well together. I
think just providing more access is not going to be the
full answer. It’s going to be a part of the answer, but
the critical thing we have to focus on is understanding when and why these dropouts happen in community
colleges. What is it that causes people to attempt to go to college, take a course,
take a credit and then kind of throw in the towel? And
I believe that generally as an education industry we have not put the appropriate focus on
understanding what drives that. What drives the motivation of the student? We have a lot of focus on faculty. We have a lot of focus on professors, and I think that’s appropriate, but we
need to add the focus on the student and the student experience.